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Why young singles in Cornwall could be lucky in love

Why young singles in Cornwall could be lucky in love

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:44am 14th February 2020. (Updated at 11:45am 14th February 2020)

Young singles looking to meet a new man in Cornwall this Valentine’s Day could find themselves lucky in love.

Official figures show that men in their 20s in the Duchy outnumber women by more than 1,000.

And Cornwall is not alone in having more young male twenty-somethings, with data showing there are almost 200,000 more than their female counterparts across England.

But a relationship expert at dating website eharmony says the growth of online dating means local gender gaps are becoming a problem of the past.

Office for National Statistics population predictions for 2020 estimate there are 29,800 men aged 20-29 in Cornwall - compared to 28,400 women.

It means that for every 100 women in their 20s, there are 105 men.

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Across England, the ONS estimates there are 3.7 million twenty-something men, and just 3.5 million women.

"With an ever more mobile population, it's no surprise that there are gender discrepancies in certain parts of the UK.

"And although this might cause potential difficulties when it comes to dating, the opposite can also be said.

"The emergence of online dating has ultimately allowed us to widen our geographical dating pool and effectively meet someone who isn't from the same town or village.

"This doesn't mean that you necessarily need to travel for hours to meet a partner, but perhaps even explore the next town along."

Rachael Lloyd, relationship expert at eharmony

In Cornwall, women outnumber men in their 30s by 30,000 to 27,800.

For those a decade older, the trend continues with 34,500 women and 31,500 men.

Women tend to increasingly overtake men as they get older, with 4,400 of them in Cornwall aged 90-plus and 2,200 men.


For young men fearing the competition, dating coach Hayley Quinn has some advice.

A celebrity relationship expert and founder of her own dating website, she urges them to value what they bring to the table.

"Focus on developing good standards for yourself so you pursue women who you're not only attracted to, but who are making an effort to meet you too.

"Also don't forget to be proactive, if you can meet her in person, you'll stand out from the crowd and have a much better chance of securing that date."

Hayley Quinn, dating coach

You can find all the source data here.

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